UDIA NSW news
The Missing Middle
Over the past 12 months UDIA NSW has been working on a study to investigate the Missing Middle. Following the release of the Missing Middle discussion paper by the Department of Planning in November 2015, there has been much discussion throughout the industry about the Missing Middle.
The new Rezoning Review will replace the existing pre-Gateway review, enabling applicants to seek an independent review of council decisions on proposed rezonings. The overall aim of this is to have a more independent and faster planning review process that stops rezoning applications being endlessly revived. The new process commenced on September 1.
Roy Sheargold Scholarship 2016
Announced at the 2016 UDIA NSW President’s Luncheon, the Roy Sheargold Scholarship was founded in memory of the late Roy Sheargold, life member of UDIA National and UDIA NSW. Fifty years ago, Roy sat on the first Council of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW). He remained actively involved in the industry, UDIA and international industry bodies for more than 45 years. Roy believed that if you wanted to be a great developer you had to continually update your knowledge and learn from international development experiences.
Strata Schemes Reform Package
Strata Reform is a key policy priority for UDIA NSW. Gazetted Strata Reform Regulations have been released which supports the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015, which has not yet commenced but is due to commence in November 2016. Regulations to support the Strata Schemes Development Act 2015 have not yet been gazetted but are expected for release in the coming weeks.
5 Martin Place, UDIA NSW President's Award Winner 2016
Commercial development, 5 Martin Place developed by Cbus Property and DEXUS Property Group, was awarded winner of the 2016 Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW President’s Award - an honour bestowed on the best project out of the 2016 UDIA NSW / ACT Meriton Awards for Excellence winners.
Negotiating Satisfactory Arrangements
UDIA NSW has submitted recommendations to the Department of Planning and Environment to modify the process of achieving Satisfactory Arrangements with regard to the Hunter Draft Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC).
Hunter Regional Plan and UDP
The UDIA NSW Hunter Chapter Committee continued its ongoing advocacy program through meetings with Scot MacDonald, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, and the Department of Planning and Environment on the Hunter Regional Plan and development of a Hunter Urban Development Program (UDP).
Dr. Jim Bentley Appointed Managing Director at Hunter Water Corporation
UDIA NSW congratulates Dr. Jim Bentley on his appointment as the Hunter Water Corporation’s new Managing Director. In welcoming Dr. Bentley to the Hunter, UDIA NSW commended HWC’s professional relationship with the development industry, and highlighted the importance of considering alternative policies for HWC growth funding, which the HWC Board of Directors is due to consider at its August meeting. UDIA NSW looks forward to working with Dr. Bentley and his staff on the industry’s priorities.
The Hunter Makes its Mark in the UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence
The 2016 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence Finalists and Winners were showcased at the prestigious Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner on August 5th, with the Hunter once again being recognised for its leadership in industry innovation. More than 800 attendees joined the spectacular evening at The Star in Sydney and heard about some of the Hunter’s finest developments.
Hunter Chapter Committee Update
The UDIA NSW Hunter Chapter Committee has been hard at work addressing the key issues that impact Hunter development. Chapter Committee members continued their ongoing advocacy program through meetings with Parliamentary, Department of Planning and Environment and local council leaders to advance our issues.